8/31/17| Anthony DeAngelo has said that he knows he still needs to work on the defensive side of his game, an area that has been in question for most of his young career.
In October 2015, Syracuse (AHL) coach Rob Zettler said that Anthony DeAngelo has a "high skillset" but that he needs how to learn how to "defend against men" and that his play in his own zone needs work.
Zettler added though that DeAngelo was "ready, willing and able" to work on his game. (Syracuse)
DeAngelo's former coach in the OHL, Sheldon Keeke, said in 2016 that DeAngelo needed to work on his defense and that some of his defensive issues were able to be hidden in juniors because he had the puck all the time. (Syracuse)
Keefe said that DeAngelo was "very plugged" into the parts of his game that need to improve. (Syracuse)
He added that DeAngelo is as "competitive a player as I've ever coached. He's got a lot of passion. He's going to be a good player for a long time.'' (Syracuse)
In January 2016, Syracuse coach Rob Zettler said that DeAngelo was starting to "compete consistently, night-in and night-out defensively."(Syracuse)
After DeAngelo was traded from Tampa to Arizona, Al Murray, Tampa's director of scouting in 2016, said that he is "one-dimensional right now" and called the prospect they acquired for him "probably a safer bet to be able to adpat both offensively and defensively to the NHL. (TB.com)
When DeAngelo was traded to the Rangers, Corey Pronman wrote that he is a player with "all-world talent" but that he is also a defenseman who doesn't defend "all that well." (ESPN)
Adam Rotter: DeAngelo is only 21 though with being on his third organization in three years it seems like he is much older. Despite playing nearly half of last season with Arizona, he is still a prospect for the Rangers and they do have the benefit of putting him in Hartford, without waivers, to continue his development. As one of the key pieces in the trade for Derek Stepan it doesn't seem like he should be in Hartford but the Rangers signed Kevin Shattenkirk to carry the offense from the defense and that can allow them to take things a little slower with DeAngelo. If DeAngelo comes to camp and blows everyone away with his offense, while not being a tremendous liability, he will make the team. Anything less and I think the Rangers will take things slow and let him work on rounding out his game in Hartford.